2016 Current Locations/Projects
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Headquarters Office
The FWS Headquarters is a dynamic office of professional staff focused on conservation
throughout the U.S. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest group within FWS and
it is where most of the management occurs of constructed facilities throughout FWS lands,
including transportation infrastructure. The scholar will provide overall program support to the
implementation of the FWS Transportation Program within the US Department of
Transportation’s Federal Lands Highway Program. The FWS Transportation program
implements improvements on public use facilities across the US. This is a unique opportunity for
a skilled transportation professional to participate in the operation of a national federal lands
transportation program at a critical time in the continued discussions of reauthorization of the
current surface transportation legislation called MAP-21.
FWS Region 5 and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Pennsylvania
The FWS Region 5, in northeast US, is the most demographically urban of all the Service
regions encompassing 13 states, 73.3 million people, and 4 of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan
areas. In total, the region has 73 wildlife refuges and 13 fish hatcheries that are spread across 10
unique ecosystems. Because of the relative density of the regional landscape, and the priority the
Service is placing on urban refuges and attracting new and diverse populations, region 5 is an
ideal location for expansion of multi-modal access opportunities to Service lands.
For this unique position, the scholar will be stationed at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
(JHNWR) and will directly provide assistance to the JHNWR; however, they may also be asked
to support the regional office.
Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Hawaii
Kaua‘i is one of the most geographically and climactically diverse islands on the Hawaiian chain
encompassing a number of 5,000 foot peaks, record setting rainfall, tropical canyons and scenic
waterfalls. Over 25% of the landmass of the island is public land or forest, including 3 National
Wildlife Refuges: Kīlauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR and Hulē‘ia NWR.
- Kilauea Point NWR is the only refuge on Kaua’i open to the public and providing visitor
services. It opened to visitors in 1985 and has around 500,000 visitors a year. The
highlight of the refuge is the Kilauea Point Lighthouse.
- Hanalei NWR is the oldest of Kauai’s three refuges. It is a 917-acre refuge in the Hanalei
Valley. The refuge was established to conserve the feeding and nesting habitat for five
endangered water birds. The NWR is closed to the public to protect the birds.
- Hule’ia NWR is located adjacent to the Menehune Fish Pond along the Hule’ia River.
This 238-acre NWR is also closed to the public to minimize disturbance to the
endangered Hawaiian waterbirds protected by the NWR.
The island is also a very popular tourist destination, hosting over a million visitors per year.
Because many visitors arrive without a personal automobile, yet still wish to take advantage of
the recreational opportunities on the island, there is ample opportunity for development of
alternative transportation projects. The scholar will lead three alternative transportation modules
on the island. In coordination with the transportation planning efforts of the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), U.S. Department of
Transportation Volpe Center, Kaua‘i County, and Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex,
analyze the short- to medium-term feasibility and implementation of a shuttle, bike/pedestrian access,
and a conceptual re-design of the Refuge overlook at the end of Kīlauea Road.